Mastering the perfect glassy finish is all in the prep work. Before starting, you must properly clean, sand, and prime every inch of the surface, or the finish color won't stick well. | Illustration: Gregory Nemec
The metal used for the panels is heavy—if you hang them directly off of drywall or plaster the nails will pull out. So first you'll need to cover the ceiling with plywood to create a secure nailing surface. | Illustration: Gregory Nemec
Meet the world's first man-made shellac. It has all the magic of the original finish—excellent sealing, easy recoating, fast drying—and cleans up with water instead of ammonia. Plus, it costs less than the stuff made from lac bugs. | Zinsser B-I-N Advanced synthetic shellac sealer, by Rust-Oleum U.S.
Painting a chalkboard onto an empty surface is a perfect way to add messaging and creativity to the room. Try this: (1) As with all painting, wipe it down, making sure the surface is clean and dry. (2) Mask off a section with painter's tape. (3) Apply a coat of chalkboard paint. (4) Let it dry completely before using chalk for messages and drawings. #SpringIsCalling
Three painting pros recommend the best primers to solve common painting problems, including stains on walls, moisture damage, old painted surfaces, odors, color changes and new exterior wood. See what 11 problems you can solve with primer at www.familyhandyma...